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I make no claims as an expert birder or photographer, but just someone who has slowly acquired some knowledge and appreciation of both. I was a birder first. A family cottage on Keuka Lake in New York supplied the ideal habitat for a young birder. My mother always had a Golden Book Bird Guide available, and I had access to the family’s Binolux binoculars for excursions into the large field along the lake. The first exciting sighting was a Common Yellowthroat. This was not the common feeder or yard bird but something new and beautiful. I remember the excitement finding its picture and making the final ID from the guidebook. My appetite was whetted. My birding expanded into young adulthood on family trips to Cape Cod in the 1980’s. I first experienced a guided bird walk and the expertise of gifted birder at the National Seashore. About this time I started a life list, using some early commercial software. Eventually I made time for some birding on any domestic trip or vacation, and soon did the same overseas. I have been an enthusiastic eBird user since its early days, and strongly recommend it as both a teaching and tabulating tool.

I currently live on the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and vacation yearly in Southwest Florida. These are wonderful locations for birding. Opportunities abound, just out the back door, but also within a short drive. Talbot County, Maryland is also blessed with numerous expert birders that inspire and impress.

The photographic piece was added much later. A point-and-shoot digital camera helped with some difficult ID’s, but as you know could not produce the fine photos you see on the various websites. Finally succumbing to the prodding of a fellow birder, and better photographer, I entered the new world of DSLR with its cameras, lenses, software processing, etc. It’s been fun, and I believe has enhanced my birding skills.  My current favorite camera is the Canon 7D II and favorite birding lens is the Canon 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS II USM.

Pelagic trip with my wife on Monterey Bay

Pelagic trip with my wife on Monterey Bay,CA

Dinner Ranch, S. Florida

Dinner Ranch, S. Florida

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Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel Island, FL

19 thoughts on “About

    1. On my “About” page I don’t make any claims to be an expert on either birding or photography, so I hesitate to do something more formal than this blog. I do appreciate you’re interest however.

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    1. Dear Sir,
      I am attempting to rebuild vandalized signs for a city park, one of which talks about Ospreys. I cannot find the original image for the Osprey and have requested the use of professional photos through the Audubon Society and the Osprey Conservation Assoc. The holidays have everyone too busy to answer but I am on a budget deadline and waiting will impede my progress. You have a lovely photograph of an Osprey on your main page with a white background. Can you email me about the conditions of use and whether you would allow it? with proper credits of course. I can send you an image of what it would look like and it would show your credit and website.
      thank you in advance.
      Suzanne
      Suzanne.grover@cityofwashougal.us

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      1. Suzanne, You are welcome to use my Osprey photograph as long as you give me and my blog site credit. Good luck with your laudable plans and thanks for asking first. I’d love to see it when its all done.

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  1. You have a very nice blog with interesting pictures. I love photography and traveling. On my blog you can find some pictures taken during my trips, but also pictures taken in my own country. I like all kinds of photography. I am a birdwatcher from the Netherlands. I will follow you from now.

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  2. Hello,

    As a fellow amateur ornithographer I must say your work is quite good.

    I am creating a logo for a non-profit that is engaged in a Loggerhead Shrike study.
    Can I use your Shrike in flight photo as part of it?

    Best regards and keep up the good work!

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